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Joyce Carol Oates' new novel "The Sacrifice" is loosely based on the real-life case of Tawana Brawley, the African-American teenager from New York who gained notoriety in the late 1980s when she falsely claimed to have been gang raped. Going beyond the 25-year-old headlines, Oates engages readers in a contemporary dialogue about race, sexual abuse, and the nature of truth. She joins us to talk about her book and her prolific career.
On Friday, Google announced plans to expand its headquarters in Mountain View. The design, which would add about 2.5 million square feet to its existing campus, includes moveable biosphere-like canopies made of metal and glass, as well as parks and cafes that will be open to the public. We look at the impacts of the expansion on housing, jobs and traffic in Mountain View and the surrounding region.
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What do you say when your child asks, "Are we rich?" or "Do you make more money than Daddy?" or the dreaded, "Why don't we have a fill-in-the-blank?" In his book, "The Opposite of Spoiled," New York Times columnist Ron Lieber offers tips for answering kids' questions about money and raising socially aware and fiscally smart adults. He'll also explain why he thinks allowance should never be tied to chores.
Baseball and tobacco have long been linked. But this relationship might soon be a thing of the past, at least in California's five Major League Baseball parks. This week, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond proposed a statewide ban on smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes at all baseball venues. In San Francisco, a supervisor proposed a similar citywide ban.
A sex discrimination lawsuit brought by Ellen Pao, a former junior partner of the venture capital giant Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, went to trial in San Francisco this week. Pao, who is now the interim CEO of Reddit, alleges that the firm illegally passed her over for promotion, excluded her from key meetings and retaliated against her when she ended an affair with a colleague. The firm claims poor performance led to her failure to advance. We discuss the trial and gender politics in Silicon Valley.
Author and journalist Sandip Roy's novel "Don't Let Him Know" explores the inner lives of Indian immigrants living in the United States. It's a world he knows well. The former KALW radio host was born in India, spent years in San Francisco and recently returned to live in Kolkata. We talk with Roy about secrets both fictional and real, family, sexuality and his journey back to his country of birth.
Following a weeks-long impasse, the Senate is expected to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The bill, which leaves intact President Obama's executive actions on immigration, faces Republican opposition and an uncertain fate in the House. With the department's funding set to expire Friday at midnight, we look at the potential impacts of a shutdown and the politics behind it.
Journalist Graeme Wood opens his article in the March issue of The Atlantic with these questions: "What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions?" In examining ISIS's philosophy, Wood writes, "The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic." We'll talk to Wood about the piece and get his response to critics who say he overstates ISIS's religious motivations.
Early exposure to peanuts may reduce an infant's likelihood of developing a peanut allergy, according to a major new medical study. The research is expected to change the way doctors advise parents. We'll discuss the study and learn how "exposure therapy" is used to treat food allergies.
Complaining about being busy has become a badge of honor in this age of compulsive multitasking. But doing too many things at the same time has been shown to hurt productivity and mental health. In her new book "The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work," UC Berkeley sociologist Christine Carter outlines how adopting micro-habits and strategically saying "no" can decrease stress and increase efficiency.
Earlier this month, NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for making false claims about his experience reporting on the Iraq war. Now, in the wake of a Mother Jones story, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is under fire for statements he made about covering the Falklands war. O'Reilly stands by his account and flatly denies the allegations. We discuss the Williams and O'Reilly cases and what they tell us about the state of the news media.
Was your choice for Best Picture overlooked? Did you stop paying attention when "The Lego Movie" wasn't nominated? We'll talk with a panel of film critics about the 2015 Oscars and open the phone lines to hear from you. Tell us -- what dazzled and what disappointed at this year's Oscars.
Elementary schools in California are required to provide 200 minutes of physical education to students for every 10 days of school. But lawyer and parent Donald Driscoll sued 37 school districts, including San Francisco and Los Angeles Unified, claiming the schools aren't providing the mandated physical education hours. A settlement has been reached, but questions remain over how well schools fulfill the requirement.
A group of California state senators wants to do away with the personal belief exemption that allows children to attend public school without being vaccinated. Led by Senator Richard Pan, the lawmakers say their effort is designed to protect children. Opponents to the legislation argue that the law oversteps the state's authority. Still others feel the state should simply focus on raising vaccine rates, rather than creating a new law.